LSO Futures

‘How can an orchestra today reinvent its performance space?’ asks François-Xavier Roth. ‘What is space as an element of perception for the audience?’

In our triennial festival of new music we feature the contemporary voices that are pushing the boundaries of classical music to its limits – quite literally. In this third iteration of the festival we take ‘space’ as our focus, exploring works which spill out of the concert hall and into the world.

Join François-Xavier Roth and Simon Halsey for a main season LSO concert quite unlike any other. David Lang’s the public domain starts in the Barbican Foyers with a 500-strong choir of volunteer Londoners before Philippe Manoury’s Ring leads us into the depths of the Barbican Hall. We also host a series of Free Friday Lunchtime concerts at LSO St Luke’s, partner with the Guildhall School for a Creative Forum, and offer you the chance to witness the very moment of musical creation with our Panufnik Composers Workshops.

Creative Forum

Getting it Right? New Music/New Technology

Wednesday 20 March 9.30am–7.30pm
Milton Court Concert Hall

A day of talks, performances, debates and seminars presented by Guildhall School with LSO Discovery exploring creative uses of new technology in the concert hall, opera, improvisation, sound sculpture and more.

Speakers and performers to include: 
Professor Julian Anderson
Professor George Lewis
Philippe Manoury
Cevanne Horrock-Hopayian

GSMD new



LSO Season Concert

The Public Domain

Sunday 24 March 6–8.30pm
Barbican Hall

When the whole concert hall becomes the stage: David Lang's the public domain is performed by 500 people, followed by Philippe Manoury’s Ring with François-Xavier Roth and Scriabin’s ethereal Poem of Ecstasy

Performed on the foyers:
DAVID LANG the public domain * (UK premiere)
In the Barbican Hall:
PHILIPPE MANOURY Ring ^ (UK premiere)
DONGHOON SHIN Kafka's Dream (world premiere) †
SCRIABIN Symphony No 4, ‘The Poem of Ecstasy’

François-Xavier Roth conductor
Simon Halsey conductor *
Thomas Guthrie director*
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
LSO Community Choir




LSO Discovery

Free Friday Lunchtime Concert

Friday 22 March 12.30–1.15pm
LSO St Luke’s

LSO Jerwood Composer Daniel Kidane curates a free concert featuring a string quartet of LSO Musicans as he explores space, the flights of flocking birds and music inspired by pastoral photographs. 

HANNAH KENDAL Glances / I Don’t Belong Here

Daniel Kidane curator
Sean Shibe electric guitar
String quartet of LSO musicians
Rachel Leach presenter


Free Public Workshop

Panufnik Composers Workshop

Monday 25 March 10am–6pm
LSO St Luke's

Witness a pivotal point in the process of putting together a new orchestral piece as the LSO works with the latest set of Panufnik Composers, under the guidance of composer Colin Matthews and conductor François-Xavier Roth.

With Music by:
James Hoyle
Joel Järventausta
Cassie Kinoshi
Lara Poe
Sophya Polevaya
Ido Romano
George Stevenson
Alex Tay



* Supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust.

† Commissioned via the Panufnik Composers Scheme, generously supported by Lady Hamlyn and The Helen Hamlyn Trust

^ The performance of Philippe Manoury's Ring is generously supported by Diaphonique, Franco-British fund for contemporary music in partnership with the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Sacem, the British Council, the French Ministry of Culture, the Bureau Export, the Institut français and the Friends of the French Institute Trust.

More Contemporary Music

LSO Season Opening

Wed 1 May 2019 7.30pm - 9.10pm

Barbican Hall, London

STRAVINSKY Symphonies of Wind Instruments
JOHN ADAMS Harmonielehre

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
London Symphony Orchestra



Sat 14 Sep 2019 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

2019/20 season opening

EMILY HOWARD Antisphere (world premiere) *
COLIN MATTHEWS Violin Concerto
WALTON Symphony No 1


* Commissioned for Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO by the Barbican Sir Simon Rattle conductor Leila Josefowicz violin London Symphony Orchestra